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Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching is a distinctive resource for those who interpret the Bible in the church. Planned and written specifically for teaching and preaching needs, this critically acclaimed biblical commentary is a major contribution to scholarship and ministry. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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M. Eugene Boring is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a coauthor of The People's New Testament, and the author of numerous books of New Testament Scholarship, including the best-selling Interpretation commentary on Revelation.
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  • Series: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching
  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: John Knox Press; 1st edition (January 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804231508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804231503
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David C. Pecot on April 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have used this book along with Wilfrid Harrington's commentary (in the Sacra Pagina series). For me Boring's treatment is the one that has been most helpful.
Boring gives sober and insightful perspectives on what to make of Revelation. He makes many useful connections to parallels in the other Biblical books, and occasionally points out relevant examples from other similar texts (Daniel, 4 Ezra, Jubilees, etc.). He also puts Revelation in touch with the situation that the Church faced when the book was written (near the end of the first century). Rather than pushing all of its meaning into future events, he shows how Revelation had relevance to the churches John wrote to (1,900 years ago), and still has relevance to us in our present circumstances. Revelation actually talks to the Church about its situation, its beliefs, its hopes, and its experience of Christ--that is really what makes it a great book .
There is much else about this book that is outstanding. The author gives excellent insight on the imagery used in Revelation and how to interpret it. One of his main points is that there is often use of symbols and images with multiple meanings attached to them. For instance, it is commonly said that "Babylon" means "Rome" (making it simply a "codeword"--all you do is plug in the "real" meaning). But Boring reminds us that "Babylon" also really means "Babylon" too--because it continues to echo with all the imagery associated with Babylon from the Old Testament prophetic books. Another good example is the "dragon" of Revelation 12. In Revelation 12:9 the dragon is described as "that old serpent, the Devil, and Satan...".
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The Interpretation Bible Commentary Series is one of the best available and Eugene Boring's contribution in his book: Revelation is exceptional. Although not easily accessible to one unfamiliar to the landscape of biblical scholarship, this text is more than worth the effort. Boring deals with the Revelation from the stand point of examining the cultural and historical setting of John's time. Boring skillfully guides the reader in discovering the meaning of John's vision for the Christians of the late first century, and for people today. Boring makes it clear that understanding Revelation is not a function of looking at John's writing not as a prediction of events that will take place in a far distant future, sine this is not a legitimate understanding of the function of biblical prophecy. Instead Boring sets the Revelation in the appropriate context of John's prophetic vision as a proclamation of the "Word of the Lord," which was addressed to a specific people in a specific circumstance of a specific time and place. Boring makes it clear that John's vision has definite meaning for Christians in today's world; however, he also makes it clear that John's vision is not a secret code that once deciphered can allow one a glimpse into the future. Boring allows the reader to see in John's work a vision of what it truly means to be faithful to God in a time when faithfulness could result in one paying a high cost. Like John, Boring is clear that faithfulness to God, then as now, often means speaking to power and to the popular culture, a word that is seldom welcome. For those who wish to understand the book of Revelation in a responsible, faithful manner that captures the seriousness in which the Bible is best studied, Boring's text is a must read.
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I translated the book of Revelation with Gene Boring in seminary and used this commentary as a textbook. It is quite well written - demanding scholarship in a simple to understand format. There IS another way to interpret the Apocalypse without giving into faddish millennial hype.
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This book has helped guide our Bible study class through the maze of misunderstanding often assocaited with the book of Revelations. The images it helps us unwravvel and indentify enabled adult students to engage their awareness of the culture, politics, and religious setting which inspired the author "John" to speak to the complexity of social esperiences of those to whom he addressed his letter and to be assured God's grace will hold sway over the experiences and meaning of life even in times of suffering an oppression.
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It is good to have a book on Revaltion that goes into depth about the true meaning behind the book. There is no breaking the code, or trying to find hidden things in this book. This commentary goes straight at the text and dives into it true meaning.
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By J. Beebe on September 8, 2009
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I found this material to be very worthwhile for preparation of a class teaching on the Book of Revelation. Boring prepares the reader very well in the history and understanding of apocalyptic literature before moving into a well done verse reading. I would recommend this book to students of Revelation.
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Revelation, from the "Interpretation" series is a must if you want truth. The other I would recommend is "Revelation" by Wilfred J. Harrington. It is a commentary from the series "Sacra
Pagina", published by The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA. These are exegetical commentaries, rather than eisegetical. The meaning of the text is derived from understanding the "Historical" background, and what it meant to the hearers/readers when written. That is in opposition to eisegesis, which is effected by reading into the text an accepted, preconceived understanding of possible/probable error. These two commentaries are of a profoundly sound, Pre--John Darby understanding. The John Darby, personal, "new" concept/understanding was introduced in the sixteenth century. I am happy with the Kindle version from amazon.com.

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